November 05, 2013

Monitoring: Mogwai - "Remurdered"

Scottish instrumental rockers Mogwai have never shied away from reinventing themselves. The group's 2011 release Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will pushed its sound in variety of new directions, making for an enjoyable, if uneven, ride. Mogwai's latest single, taken from the forthcoming LP Rave Tapes, seems to herald another foray into the unknown. "Remurdered" marries a dark, pulsing synth melody with the rhythmic strum of a guitar, moving forward at a deliberate pace. The latter half of the track seems at least partially inspired by the organic electro of Rock Action labelmates Errors, anchored by a buzzing bass tone that guides the composition to its thunderous conclusion. Mogwai hasn't put down its guitars, but the band's moody instrumental rock has taken on an electronic sheen (not unlike its 2012 remix compilation, A Wrenched Virile Lore). Don't be surprised if you hear "Remurdered" playing over the closing credits of Tron 3.

Rave Tapes will be released by Sub Pop on January 21. Mogwai recently announced a spring tour of North America.

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